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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1990-03-29

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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1990-03-29

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, Bertha, We Can Run But We Can't Hide, Ramble On Rose, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bird Song*, Promised Land* Eyes Of The World-> Estimated Prophet-> Dark Star-> Drums-> Dark Star-> The Wheel-> Throwing Stones-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Nassau Coliseum
Location Uniondale, NY

Source Audience (matrix??)
Lineage FOB > DAT > ? > CDR


set 2; FOB> DAT> ?> CDR, mics and taper unknown; reportedly SBD-like; posted by Stephen Agan to abgd, later by Darrin Sacks to etree


Reviewer: Splash63 - - May 25, 2017
Subject: something wrong here?
wrong show?
Reviewer: BilHam 2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2015
Subject: It was a saver.
I was there, on the rail on Phil's side, and when Branford came out, I was thrilled that it was not going to be just an ordinary second set. After a steady diet of GD tour, it is nice to have a new flavor in the mix. And this is a good example of that.
Reviewer: fibber - favoritefavorite - March 16, 2013
Subject: cheesy
Marsalis plays some super lame Kenny G-style saxophone here, and let's not get started on the awful midi flute guitar.....yuk. Phil sounds great, though!
Reviewer: j2dad5389 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2011
Subject: This is it.
Fellow heads, this is the eyes of the eyes. Easily the best version of eyes in my opinion. Branford on the sax makes it so much better, along with tempo slowed down to a mellower 90's version, rather than a faster paced 70's version. This makes it a recipe for perfection.

I've been listening to this show for years now and it always gets me. Branford adds some beautiful sounds to the dead, making it sound like he's been with them for years. Just hearing the opening riff, followed by the soothing jazz sounds emitted from his insturment. Ahh, beatiful. Smoke a bowl of some kind, throw on this version of eyes, and just drown into it. Journey into one of the best versions of eyes of the world you will ever hear thorughout their entire 30 year span. Fellow heads, this is it! Five stars.
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2011
Subject: Sweetness
Jazz meets Dead, great FOB recording. Too bad the first set is missing.
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2011
Reviewer: Ned8 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2010
Subject: I love this eyes and set but
Has anyone else ever thought about if Jerry had not moved into the flute midi effect and how amazing everything was up to that point. I mean if Jerry had not gone to that he was playing incredible and in fact when he came out of the effect he was masterful. Its like he lost footing trying to comp a wind instrument. There are several exquisite example of him playing those effects in amazing ways in other places but on this eyes everyone was playing with such resonance with his unaffected tone. I wince every time it gets there because of this...... Am I alone? Please know I love this show with all my heart
Reviewer: Let's All Be Cheerful - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2008
Subject: What a night
They brought their A-game and Branford lets them run with it. Check out his subtle coloring of Eyes and DS. He even breathes life into Throwing Stones, which too often is a hamhanded crowd participation number.
Reviewer: chuck2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2008
So glad I downloaded this show before the powers that be realized it was a board. With all the talk about it in the reviews I'm surprised it took as long as it did to stop the downloads. SOLID 5 stars.
Reviewer: seconddrifter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2008
Subject: Apollo at the Ritz
This set is nuts. The entire spring and summer of 1990 was completely off the hook. The Drums/Space after Dark Star might be the most creepy the Dead ever got.
Reviewer: clashcity - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2007
Subject: 17 years in the making....
This Eyes is the culmination of 17 years.... From 2/9/73 until 3/29/90... Even with all of those sick sick 73 and 74 Eyes jams, and the well played 77's and the hyperspeed 82's and 87's... This one is the one... its got the essence of the dead and of this song just pouring out from all sides.

If this don't make you smile and feel a mile high then nothing in this world will....

Oh yeah.. and the rest of the show is pretty good too.
Reviewer: bacculus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2007
Subject: EYES!
Phil was right on the money selecting this "Eyes" for 'Without a Net'.
Easily one of the best...with or without Branford. Such an interesting groove, and at a tempo that really allows for some interesting interplay between Jerry and Phil. Never heard Phil play this quite like it again. Big question: Were Jerry's vocals on "Eyes" re-recorded for "...Net"? There's definitely some quirks here that differ from the album version. Since that album was released by Arista (as opposed to GD/Rhino), I wouldn't put it past the record co. execs to have mandated that....whatta ya think?
Reviewer: skb archives - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2007
Subject: SBD
This is very obviously a SBD from the Healy Matrix Mix.
Reviewer: Tie-Dyed Tom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2006
Subject: Jazzy
WM adds a beautiful Jazz emphasis to this brilliant show. Probably my favorite Eyes in the 90's other than Giant's Stadium (where, as I remember, I jumped the wall and was promptly escorted out).
Reviewer: wineland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2006
Subject: Incredible AUD
An incredible "AUD" of the legendary performance with Bradford. Well worth the download!
Reviewer: SirDirtiness - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2006
Subject: Shhhhhhhh!
What an incredible sounding AUDIENCE recording ;)
Reviewer: gr8fldad97 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2006
I agree that this is NOT PURE AUD. It's too clean. But the Eyes, Estimated, Dark Star IS PURE PLEASURE! Branford played like he'd been with them for years and it was obvious that night that the band thoroughly enjoyed his playing with them. THEY WERE TIGHT! This is an incredible recording of a fantastic performance. DOWNLOAD IT NOW BEFORE IT GOES AWAY! I loved this show that night, and thanks to Stephen and Darrin, I will enjoy it for many years to come! PURE PLEASURE!
Reviewer: ekravitz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2006
Subject: Almost Certainly A Matrix
this is certainly a matrix. why? because, I have a copy of the audience of this show and like the first poster said, you hear this collective "ahh" during the 2nd solo period in Eyes. it is unbelieveable and you don't hear it here at all.
Reviewer: Capt. Cook - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2006
Subject: Great Sound!!!!!
I was lucky enough to attend this show and it must rank as one of their best ever. From the first notes of the crazy Birdsong right into this entire second set the coliseum was on fire. The Dead sure played some great gigs in the hockey dungeon. Branford made Jerry play like he was 25 again. The whole band responded. This recording is amazingly good for an audience tape. Makes me go, hummm.....
Reviewer: luvvdubz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2006
Subject: The source...
this is it....the source of it all. This show changed my life. I knew who the GD were after hearing this show. I know the eyes is from makes every hair on my body stand up.
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2006
Subject: Unbelieveable sound for an audience tape
Another great Dark Star from this period, with a face-melting jam into drums. They were really into that "scary" music at that time. The way Jerry starts up DS again while the others are still spacing, and then how they gradually join in, is classic. The rest of the set is good, solid, standard 1990 GD, just with saxophone added. Branford takes a nice solo in the Estimated jam, though.

I'd like to hear the first set sometime. I can't give the second any less than 5 stars considering the Dark Star and the sound quality (if they had done He's Gone instead of Dark Star this would be a 3 star show).
Reviewer: SpiderBaby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2006
Subject: Beautiful in every way!
I'm so thankful to have access to these shows, and when I come across a show like this, both quality and performance it makes me SMILE!! As many have said before, this goes down as one of the top "Eyes", but 1990 sort of sits in its own. Good stuff!
Reviewer: mid-maine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2006
Subject: muffle?
i've heard several copies of this show, and am convinced that this is some sort of matrix mix. this can't be straight fob or even on stage aud. nope. i agree with below mentions that phil is full on this mix, however, the snappy leads that step in just after jerry's vocals during eyes suffer as they sound a bit muffled and lose their impact. i'm still in search of the killer fob for this show. there's got to be one out there somewhere. but hey, this is dang good stuff. ( 'It sounded like angels were flying into the Nassau Coliseum.' -- Greenburg)
Reviewer: Wheelchairphan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2006
Subject: This was my first Dead show!
What a way to get introduced to Live Dead! I was a senior in high school and my friend Debbie and I boogied down with delight! Cohesive Grateful Dead here folks. With support from two masters of their craft, Branford Marsalis and Bruce Hornsby added magic to this masterpiece of a show. This single evening at Nassau Collusium turned this music fan into a forever "DeadHead". Thanks for the set 2 stream.
Reviewer: laptaper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2006
Subject: Missing lots of Branford
I haven't heard all of this source, but my *only* complaint is that Branford often is low in the mix, sometimes absent. Check out Charlie Miller's seed of this show and you'll see what I mean (etree shnid 26341). Other than that, this is one ass-kickin' recording.
Reviewer: ripcurldead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2006
Subject: Branford
This is an exceptional piece of music, the whole set. This entire show seems very well played and worthy of any collection. If you happen to like your Dead stretched out and gooey, then this is something to listen too! Branford compliments Jerry beautifully, he sounds very comfortable and confident here. Also take note to Phil's playin' sounds very bubbly and quicker and jazzier than usual. I was listening to this in my house and had my system cranked, and Phil was shakin' and thumpin' in great strides.. I love this set! Theres plenty of room for the band to cruise along with open arms, yet it's not sloppy or aimless.. Sound quality is great, I agree with other posts, this sounds like a nice matrix...
Reviewer: Charbroiled - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 19, 2006
Subject: Matrix for Sure
I have had this on CD for quite awhile now burned from this source timing is exact from start to first bars of Eyes. Wish they had the whole show - When they intro Branford my brother and I where High Fives all around the place went nuts - Great three nights at Nassau.
Reviewer: chuck m - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2005
Subject: thanks branford
I agreee that this has to be either sbd or mix. About the actual reviews, anyone remember Branford Marsalis? From the minute he came out for an awesome bird song to the end of the show it sounded like he had been w/ the Dead from the beginning. The eyes may be the best I ever heard. Wow can that guy play. None of my friends knew who he was. I had to explain it to them even though @ the time I was only familiar w/ his father & brother Wynton's work. this guy is a musical master & his playing complimented everybody else's in spades. ESPECIALLY JERRY!!!! who looked happy as hell. this entire show is worth the download. Rocks from beginning to end & shows just how jazzy the dead could be. FIVE STARS.
Reviewer: frat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 5, 2005
Subject: Preferred recording
I concur with the other reviewers: obviously not aud - likely a (healy?) mix. Too much crowd for pure sbd. Way too clean for aud. Phil is better heard on this version and it's warmer sounding than the others. So for those of us with a good sub, this version is the preferred choice.
Reviewer: Doug Nawrocki - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2005
Subject: Matrix
This is not an audience recording...
Reviewer: pctphotog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2004
Subject: Great Source!!!
Whatever this source is FOB, Matrix, or Sbd (I personaly think it's a matrix....the sound quality is too clean to come solely from the audience) It's the best source of this epic show that I've run into. A great mix of audience energy and soundboard listenability. IMO It trumps the healy 24 track > 2 track mixdown source of this show (listed as a sbd. on this site) which as clean as they are sound a tad too produced. On top of that you can hear Phil much better in this source.
Reviewer: NicksPicks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2004
Subject: FOB ? I dont think so
I would bet anything on this being a Healy Matrix source.

I've listened to A LOT of the schoeps FOBs from this tour, and none of them sound like this. with this recording you can hear some crowd, but not enough, and not at the "right times" when you would expect to hear a few yips and yells and claps around the mics.
I used to have a schoeps FOB cassette of this night, and you could easily tell it was an AUD source from the crowd reactions, especialy the 2nd solo in Eyes where Jerry goes to the MIDI Flute. There was a sweeping "aaaahhhhh" that went through the crowd (and my brain) when he hit those first long midi notes. These types of instant reactions are not present on this recording. So unless the mics were 20' in the air and really close to the stage, I just dont buy into this as an AUD source of any kind.
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